A Note From Pastor Steven

 

Hello.

It is my privilege to be the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. We are a group of people who have come together because of our mutual faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.He is our Hope, and we invite you to discover Jesus as your Hope as well.

Also, thank you for visiting our website.I pray that it will help you to stay connected with the Lord as well as this particular body of believers.Please be sure to check out our website often, as we will continue to make many exciting changes, updates, and enhancements in the future.

We invite you to come join us in worship, fellowship, prayer, and the preaching of God’s Word each Sunday and Wednesday.

Blessings,
Pastor Steven
 

 

The Lord’s Supper and Machaerus

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper in the morning service on Sunday, January 31.  Below are a few passages to help prepare your hearts for this special service. 

  • Numbers 9:1-14 (Passover)
  • Mark 10:45; 14:22-25
  • Romans 3:21-26

Also, last Sunday morning we talked briefly about the imprisonment of John the Baptist.  If you recall, he was placed in prison in what we know today as the Fortress of Machaerus.  Below are two videos that you might enjoy related to Machaerus.

https://youtu.be/ijA6qByqAk8

https://youtu.be/L5mHN5nUb5A

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Three Tenses of Salvation – Part 2

In part 1, we looked at how salvation is a blessing to each believer and should lead us to eternal praise and thanksgiving.  The term “salvation” is typically used related to becoming a Christian.  While this is obviously an important aspect of salvation, the biblical idea of salvation has past, present, and future aspects to it.  In this post, we will look at the “past” aspect.

The first aspect of salvation is related to the word “justification” which is in the past.  The word “justification” means “to announce a favorable verdict, to declare righteous.”[1]  This is the aspect of salvation that we most commonly think of.  A good example of this is in Ephesians 2:8. There, Paul states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  Here, Paul is referring to salvation in the past tense. 

So, when did this past aspect occur?  It occurred when you placed your “faith” in Jesus Christ.  When you did, you were declared righteous much like a jury does when they acquit a guilty person (see Romans 5:1).  In this situation, you are no longer guilty regarding your sins.

In the next post, we will look at the present aspect of salvation.  

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology



Three Tenses of Salvation – Part 1

Salvation is a blessing to each believer and should lead us to eternal praise and thanksgiving.  The term “salvation” is often used by Christians, but what does it mean?  Most of us typically think of it only related to becoming a Christian.  While this is obviously an important aspect of salvation, the biblical idea is much more. 

The word salvation comes from the Greek word “sōtēria” and refers to deliverance.  As a result, spiritual salvation is primarily referring to deliverance from sin.  For example, when the angel tells Joseph to name the baby Jesus, the reason for this is because “He will save His people from their sins (Matt.1:21).”  This is like other passages such as Acts 4:12.

So, while the New Testament speaks of salvation related to becoming a Christian, it also mentions having two other aspects.  Over the next few posts, we will be looking at what is often referred to as the “three tenses of salvation.”  Salvation, we will learn, has past, present, and future aspects to it.   

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Sea of Galilee – Lake of Tiberias (Video)

Last Sunday (01/03/2021) we resumed our study in the Gospel of Matthew.  We are currently in the section that I’ve entitled “The Revealing and Opposition of the King” (Matt. 8:1-13:53).  Jesus is being revealed to the nation of Israel as the long-awaited Davidic King although there is growing opposition by the religious leaders. 

This section is often referred to as Jesus’ Galilean Ministry.  While Jesus is often seen in Jerusalem, much of his ministry was in the region of Galilee.  Below is a video that gives a good visual tour of Galilee that you might find helpful in our study.

https://youtu.be/0PRCig6HcPA

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Jesus Christ

This Sunday evening we will begin a new sermon series in the book of Colossians.  The title of the series reflects the theme of the book – “The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Jesus Christ.”  We will learn that, in Christ, the believer has everything they need for salvation, sanctification, and daily living.

Below are some resources that you might find helpful in our study of Colossians.

Video Summary = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV6DbJK3ZVc

Devotional = https://www.todayintheword.org/siteassets/pdfs/2019/tiw_may2019.pdf

Detailed Introduction = https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/eo/col/col000.cfm

“He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” (Col. 1:18 NASB95)

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



The Incarnation – Part 2

In part 1, we looked at how the word “incarnation” is not specifically used in the Bible, but that the concept and teaching clearly is.  Essentially the doctrine of the incarnation states that Jesus, as the Second Person of the Trinity, took on humanity Himself when He was born.  The teaching of Jesus’ incarnation comes from various verses that use the words “flesh” and “in.” 

Now, we will consider some of the purposes of Jesus’ incarnation.  In other words, why did God send His Son in the flesh? 

The first reason is that Jesus reveals God to us (John 1:18).  If you want to know what God is like look at Jesus (John 14:7-11).  Second, He came to provide salvation to all who would believe in Him (1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 10:1-10).  A third reason is related to the promise of the Davidic Covenant.  God had made this promise (covenant) many years earlier in 2 Samuel 7:4-17.  The angel Gabriel told Mary that her son would inherit the throne of David (Luke 1:31-33). 

Jesus’ birth was not accidental but served many purposes.  Therefore, the incarnation has many implications for our lives especially as we consider the birth of Jesus this Christmas.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



The Incarnation – Part 1

The word “incarnation” is not specifically used in the Bible, but the concept and teaching clearly is.  This is similar to other doctrines such as the Trinity.  The word “trinity” is not used in the Bible although the teaching clearly is (Ex. Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7).

The teaching of Jesus’ incarnation comes from various verses that use the words “flesh” and “in”.  Perhaps the best known is John 1:14 that says “And the word became flesh…”  Here are a few more to read through (Rom. 1:3; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:7f; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 1:1f; 4:2; 2 John 7).

Essentially the doctrine of the incarnation states that Jesus, as the Second Person of the Trinity, took on humanity Himself when He was born.  It is important to remember with the incarnation that Jesus did not come into existence at birth, but rather existed eternally before the incarnation (see John 8:58; 17:5).

In part 2, we will consider the purposes of Jesus’ incarnation.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



And His Name Shall Be Called

King Ahaz was one of the evil kings of Judah who did evil in the sight of the Lord and did not walk in the ways of King David (2 Kings 16:2).  Many of his actions, such as idol worship, would lead to the fall of Judah in 586 B.C.  The prophet Isaiah describes the tragic consequences of his reign in Isaiah 7-10.

This Sunday evening, we will begin a two-part study of Isaiah 9:6.  In Isaiah 8, King Ahaz looked to the Assyrians for protection rather than the Lord.  In contrast to Ahaz, who would not listen to or obey the Lord, the prophet Isaiah tells of a future Davidic king that would.  This prophecy looks to Jesus Christ who would be a faithful king.  Isaiah 9:6 describes the Messiah using four titles/names.

Below are some additional resources that you might enjoy to supplement this study.

Warren Wiersbe – The Names of Jesus

Today in the Word – Warren Wiersbe’s radio messages on the names of Jesus in Isaiah 9:6

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



The Lord’s Supper

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper this Sunday (11/29).  This is always a great opportunity to take time to reflect on the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice as we await His return in glory.  Below are a few scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments you can use to read and pray to prepare your hearts. 

Old Testament Scriptures

Exodus 12 – The Israelites sacrificed a lamb and placed the blood on their door so that the angel of death would pass by their doors.  Jesus Christ would be the ultimate sacrificial lamb, and this time God would provide the lamb. 

Isaiah 53:10 – Jesus’ death would fulfill the Father’s will.  Through this, many would be counted righteous (53:11).

New Testament Scriptures

Luke 22:14-23 – Jesus and his disciples observe the Passover meal and the institution of the Lord’s Supper occurs.

Colossians 2:13-15 – Jesus’ death on the cross canceled the record of debt against us.

1 Corinthians 11:23-34 – Provides the basic themes, instructions, and warnings concerning the Lord’s Supper.

May the Lord bless you as you prepare your hearts to observe the Lord’s Supper.

Pastor Steven



Christmas Devotion

If you are like me, I love Christmas for a variety of reasons.  Some of those reasons are spending time with family and hearing many beloved Christmas hymns.  However, one thing that can happen during this time of year is to become extremely busy.  Often if we are not careful, the Christmas season will pass before we even know it.  As a result, we will have overlooked the real reason for Christmas.

Below is a list of suggested resources that will help you daily reflect on the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Devotionals

Christmas Related Books

 
 
 
 
Hymns of Christ’s Birth
 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven